Medusa was the youngest and most beautiful of the three
daughters of the sea Titans Porcys and Ceto. She was blessed with untold beauty
and had long flowing hair that fell gently down from her
head. Medusa was the only mortal of the three sisters, and all were very wise serving as priestesses under the goddess of
wisdom and war Athena.
The god Poseidon longed for beautiful Medusa, and in a
moment of uncontrolled passion he raped Medusa in Athena's own
temple. The three sisters than became angry and hated all men do to
Athena soon grew disgusted with the three sisters new found wickedness, and
the defiling sexual act that was committed in her temple. Athena transformed the three girls into hideous beasts, with
wings and numerous snakes for hair. These beasts became known as the Gorgons
and were so horrid to behold that whosoever looked at them would instantly
turn to stone.
Medusa the Gorgon
As time went on Medusa and her sisters grew continually more wicked
and took untold pleasure in torturing their victims. Their cruelty
was than brought to an end by the Greek hero Perseus who with the help of
the gods slew Medusa.
The goddess Athena provided Perseus with a silver shield,
the god Hermes
winged sandals, and the god Hades a helmet which would make the wearer invisible.
Wearing Hades helmet Perseus became invisible and approached
the sleeping Medusa. He slew her by looking at her image through a
reflection on Athena's shield, but never looked upon her with his own eyes
knowing full well that this would turn him to stone. Chopping off her head
he placed it into a bag to present it later to the goddess Athena.
But as soon as he slue the Gorgon Medusa her sisters woke up in
rage and raced to capture and kill Perseus, but with the help of the winged
sandals that Hermes had given him, and the invisible helmet of Hades he managed to
evade an escape the angered sisters.
with Medusa's head
From Medusa's dead body sprang forth the elegant winged
horse Pegasus and the giant winged horse Chrysaor the result of the union of Medusa and
Perseus than presented Medusa's head to the goddess Athena, who
placed Medusa's head into the center of her shield the Aegis, which she than
over her breastplate.